Super Bowl XLVII halftime show
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Beyonce opened her press conference in New Orleans with a live rendition of the national anthem. The singer, who’s performing at the Super Bowl, admitted that she did lip sync on Inauguration Day. (Jan. 31)
That much she showed Thursday, when she opened her appearance before reporters in New Orleans — where she’s set to headline the Super Bowl XLVII halftime performance Sunday — with a stirring, a cappella rendition of the national anthem.
It was the same tune she sang just over a week ago at the inauguration of President Barack Obama
But on that momentous occasion, Beyoncé admitted on Thursday, she had some help.
The world-renowned pop singer told reporters that “she decided to sing along with my prerecorded track,” a decision she made in part because she didn’t have time to rehearse with the U.S. Marine Band.
“I did not feel comfortable taking a risk,” Beyoncé said. “I wanted to make (Obama) and the country proud.”
The admission about the January 21 performance wasn’t a complete shock.
A spokeswoman for the Marine Band initially said that Beyoncé “was not actually singing” the national anthem. Hours later, the band backed away from the spokeswoman’s remarks, releasing a statement that said the group was not in a position to know for sure.
Beyoncé had been mum on the topic, until she discussed the matter Thursday. Calling herself a “perfectionist” who will typically “practice until my feet bleed,” she conceded worrying about potential problems during “a live television show” taking place outside on a chilly Washington day.
The singer said that the practice of performers singing along with prerecorded tracks is common in her industry.
Still, she promised that she won’t be doing it Sunday during the Super Bowl halftime show.
“I will absolutely be singing live,” Beyoncé said. “This is what I was born to do.”
Watch Beyonce perform the Star-Spangled Banner at the presidential inauguration:
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Beyonce Knowles’ flawless performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” at the inauguration was entirely lip-synched, Page Six has confirmed. A rep for the United States Marine Band said that she decided to perform to a pre-recorded track at the last minute.
“All music is prerecorded for the ceremony because there are so many eventualities and conditions that day,” Kristin DuBois, a rep for the band tells Page Six. “We performed, live, the band. But we received last-minute word that Beyonce was going to use the prerecorded vocal track. Those were the instructions we were given. We don’t know what the reason why.”
Beyonce’s version of the national anthem wound up being one of the most talked about, most watched and most shared topics and video on Monday. But this news has people wondering if she’ll do the same at her next big performance: The Super Bowl half time show.